Trekking and Hiking

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Socotra is an ideal place for trekking. You can set out on a more demanding trek or opt for easier trips around the island. You can explore the natural beauties, which are bountiful on the island and there are many options for the trips. However, the trails are not marked and you have to follow your guide’s advice. Also, it is only the aboriginal guide who can show you Socotra with all its beauties.

If you decide for a more demanding trek, we recommend hiring camels as the carriers of your luggage.

For the most experienced trekkers, there is the possibility of a 5-day North to South or South to North trip around the whole island. It is a great opportunity to discover the various landscapes of Socotra.

Inland Socotra is the most interesting place for treks and walks. For example, on the way to Dixam plateau or between the canyons, you can observe whole forests composed of the endemic dragon’s blood trees (Draceana Cinnabari). The trees create fascinating groves that will fill you with nostalgia and calm your nerves. On the horizon, you will see the mountains, which could remind you of the prehistoric times. The sunsets will then create amazing and even bizarre images of shadows and light. During the day, you can refresh yourself in many small lakes on the rocks, formed from the brooks flowing in the valleys of Socotra. One of these lakes, situated in Wadi Dirhur Canyon, is a refreshment point on the stony route through the spectacular landscape.

The highest mountain, Skant (the Haghier Mountains), is a great challenge for all skilled hikers. Especially the descend through Wadi Ayhaft into the coastal area is one of the most remarkable experiences Socotra offers.

 

For more hiking tips, please, visit Socotra Eco-Tours webpage:

www.socotra-eco-tours.com/products/cz-socotra-tourist-highlights/  

(Socotra Eco-Tours, with which we closely cooperate, organizes these trips.)